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A message from Elizabeth
I wrote to you last week about our petition for Cindy Sheehan - a petition stating that she has the right to be heard - and in the eight days since sending that email we've been overwhelmed with signatures of support. Thank you so much.
Our military families deserve our utmost respect and consideration; the very least we can do to acknowledge their patriotism and sacrifice is hear them out. Growing up in a military family I remember how trying it was, worrying that a person you love might not make it home, and I remember seeing other families lose their loved ones, as Cindy has. The ways we have to comfort Cindy and other parents and family members whose loved ones have died in service to this country are too few and too feeble; we cannot give them what they most want, of course, which are the lives of those they love. But one way to make matters worse is to tell them that you don't value what they have to say about their loss.
Like thousands of other military family members, Cindy has made the ultimate sacrifice for us and for our country. She wants to talk to the President about that sacrifice. With this statement of support, we acknowledge Casey's life and death in service, and we declare that his mother's voice should be heard.
Thank you for your support as we fight for all of our military families.